Monday, November 3, 2014
Remnant Network - 28
"I've always wanted to gather you together like a hen with her baby chicks."
"God wants everybody to be saved."
"A prophet's quarrel with the world is deep-down a lover's quarrel.
If they didn't love the world, they probably wouldn't bother to
tell it that it's going to hell. They'd just let it go."
"The church is always trying to get other people to reform.
It might not be a bad idea to reform itself
a little by way of example."
"Aside from Spiro Agnew coining the phrase which is reason enough to doubt it,
assuming there is a silent majority of morality in America and her churches
based on a heritage evolved from Holy Scripture proves the aphoristic
conclusions about people who make such assumptions; noting the
silent majority in America and her churches accommodates
and enables evil by not having the character and courage
to look up, stand up, speak up, and act up for Jesus."
Recently, someone obsessed with trying to convince me to leave the PCUSA because it's irretrievably apostate under current management as if leaving one stinking denomination for another stinking denomination is remotely logical asked for the billionth time, "Why do you stay?"
Uh, assuming, uh, that I have changed my mind or my mind can be changed about what I have been saying and writing about why I pray and try to remain faithfully for a very, very, very long time, she/he, again, uh, assumed, uh, that I'm just unaware of how irretrievably apostate under current management is the...
Yes, I can be persuaded if persuaded; but if I'm not persuaded by Holy Scripture and common sense in a Lutheran kinda way to confess and repent of my errors on praying and trying to remain faithfully in a Biblically remnant kinda way, I'm not gonna be persuaded.
Yes, I am very serious about the discipling and protective responsibilities of undersheperding in a Psalm 23 and Matthew 10:16 kinda way.
Yes, I believe it is more courageous in a Joshua 1 and 24 kinda way to fight evil rather than run from it; noting it is hard to look at the cross or read/hear about those martyr voices and, uh, assume, uh, that that's for them and not me.
Buuuuuuut I think there are some things that I've left out of my remnant theology for, uh, maybe, uh, almost four decades that will be equally unpersuasive to those still seeking sanctuary in illusion.
1. I'm staying where He has planted me. Why would I leave one stinking denomination for another stinking denomination and go through the bad stewardship of time and energies to learn how they don't do things nearly as pure and perfectly as anybody else when I'm already familiar with and know how to navigate within the stink of mine?
2. I abandoned churches in the past for egotistical reasons; and I've just decided that God doesn't want me to abandon churches anymore for something/someone more, uh, appealing, safe, or the like. Besides, if I split, well, uh, go to the top quotes again.
3. Gotta confess something. As I've grown closer to Jesus, especially since October 2011, He has helped me to love everyone in an agape kinda way that doesn't include abandoning them. He's even helped me to like 'em. They may hate me for being so salty about following Jesus by the book while dissing their ideological idolatries, but I gotta love 'em while even liking 'em. Strange. Supernatural. Uh, spiritual. Specifically, if I run away from the PCUSA, it's kinda like me saying to the apostates or meanderings or just plain old ignorant pulpiteers and pewsitters, "Go to hell!" Can't do that. Go back to those quotes above. Read John 10.
4. Back in October 2011 as part of my increasing rebirthing/conversion, I felt called, more than ever before, to look up, stand up, speak up, and act up for Jesus. While always eager for correction to confess and repent, I press on with what I know about what it means to follow Jesus by the book until corrected otherwise. That includes taking on other apostates like Muslims, politicians, educators, clergy, and... The emperor and his/her/its idolaters are naked and part of my call is to point that out.
5. O.K., I confess not everyone is called to battle. I am. Finally, I'll just admit it. I would prefer to get on my pony, ride in one direction, and never come back. But I am called (beruf) to put on the armor in an Ephesians 6 kinda way and fight not flee.
If any of the preceding sounds arrogant, I understand.
I'm just really, really, really confident in Jesus by the book.
I don't know anyone or anything more divine than Him.
I don't know anyone or anything other than Him who can save us.
While I may get knocked off by some Islamonutball or denominational jingoist/idolater, I figure it's better to side with Jesus by the book right now because that's/He's the only thing/One that/who matters in the end.
I guess I really do believe in Him in a Matthew 24:13 kinda way.
Loathe that Confederate flag in an Isaiah 5:20 kinda way.
Yeeeeeeet the song carries my sentiments about folks who, like I used to before coming to Belvidere and staying in Belvidere with a big thanks to October 2011 for that, are always looking for the greener pastures that are others' brown fields.
Besides, I've finally learned people will trust people who wanna stay with 'em even if they don't agree on everything; conversely, if you're always looking for those greener pastures and people know it, you've lost your credibility/facility for having any influence among 'em.
School District 100 needs to think/pray about that.
Sorry about the regional example
Sooooooo, in the end, I'm staying because I'm called to stay and wanna stay and...trust we're gonna be neighbors anyway in the end.
Last time I checked, John 3:16-17 and Acts 16:31 are infinitely more consequential than those ideological litmus tests from the left and right.
Blessings and Love!